Yep you heard me (literally “read” me) I said pork and impressive health benefits in the same sentence and it isn’t April Fools Day!
Actually, Pork, the “Other White Meat” has been consistently breaking free of the once prejudiced “bad rap” that it had unfairly been saddled with, even going back as far as the 80’s when pork was officially branded as said “other white meat!”
Here are some surprising scientifically proven facts that took even us a bit by surprise.
First of all, ounce for ounce, pork tenderloin has less fat than a chicken breast. Now I’ll wait a moment for you to get back into your chair or standing position off the floor and revive the person in the room with you that you were reading this article to. Yep, pork tenderloin has less fat than the holy diet talisman, the ordinary chicken breast.
Continuing on … pork is actually quite naturally low in salt and a rich source of premium quality protein. It is also a good source of several life sustaining vitamins and necessary minerals that are needed for good health including iron, zinc, as well as some of the B group vitamins, selenium and phosphorus.
Pork is a great source of protein in your diet. A 100g portion of pork provides you with about half of the protein you need for the entire day.
While there are several different cuts of pork with varying fat content, the leanest of these contain just 6% fat, which is incredibly low.
When properly trimmed, pork contains far more unsaturated fat than saturated fat.
Pork actually contains heart protective “n3 fatty acids” that help the body prevent coronary disease
Pork also naturally contains “Conjugated Linoleic Acid” (CLA) which scientific tests show health benefits in the areas of cancer and heart health.
Pork is a good source of the easily absorbed form of dietary iron.
Pork is a rich source of B12. A 100g portion of pork provides you with 70% of your daily requirement of the vitamin!
A 100g portion of pork provides you with more than 30% of your daily requirement of zinc.
The iron, zinc and vitamin D naturally plentiful in pork are actually far more efficiently absorbed than from other food sources.
Pork is a powerful, natural help in the bodies fight to avoid “Type 2 Diabetes” and help to maintain optimal blood sugar levels. Recent research has shown that pork improves the body’s thiamine status, while lowering heart disease risk factors and actually helping to control glucose levels in type 2 diabetics.
Awesome, today I’m definitely going to pig out!
Signing off and Pigging out,
Rocco “Boss Hog” Loosbrock